James Vince has praised the Royals’ professionalism after they disposed of Scotland in emphatic fashion.
Hampshire’s trip north of the border was a potential banana skin in their quest for Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final qualification.
But the visit to Titwood – home of Clydesdale Cricket Club – proved anything but as they romped to a nine-wicket win.
Vince struck an unbeaten 75 as the visitors breezed to their target of 137 in just 91 deliveries.
And with Durham sliding to defeat against Essex, the Royals took pole position in the race to the final four.
Vince said: ‘All round we played pretty well.
‘The pitch was pretty slow, which suited our attack. We thought their score was a bit below par – but we were not sure how easy it was going to be to chase.
‘In those conditions you have to be positive, take the attack to them like we did and after the start we made it was a cruise in the end.
‘If you are tentative and look to nudge it around you are going to get into trouble.
‘So we thought we would be positive – as we generally are in this format – and it worked well for us.
‘We put in a very professional performance to take the two points.’
All the Royals bowlers had a hand in the Saltires’ down-fall.
Mascarenhas (two for 27) started the ball rolling, while Sohail Tanvir (two for 30) also bagged a wicket as the hosts fell to 23 for three.
Scotland launched a brief recovery through Hamish Gardiner (29) and captain Preston Mommsen (21).
But when they were both out – leaving the Saltires 64 for six – there was only going to be one winner.
Gordon Goudie prolonged the inevitable with 26 off 25 balls – the hosts scrapping to 136 before Chris Wood (two for 25) polished off the tail.
But after the break, Vince continued his brilliant form – notching a second half-century in this competition and fourth in all formats.
He shared a partnership of 98 from just 65 deliveries with Michael Carberry (45), while compiling his own 52-ball knock which included 12 fours.